Our culture lacks--and much needs--puberty rites for adolescents, such as civilized societies have. These ceremonies teach kids adult roles, reinforce community values, celebrate sex, define the licit and illicit, increase social cohesion, help teens through a difficult period, justify a big party, honor the gods, etc.
I'll describe the rites of Ghana's Ashanti people, play 2 songs and a 1958 health-class movie for girls, and discuss why puberty rites won't soon be coming to the U.S.
Originally broadcast in September 2008.
The photo I discuss--and the complete text of the article that I read in part--are here: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/tribes/puberty_rites.php .
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